Black Rice with Coconut Milk and Palm Sugar Syrup

Black glutinous rice with coconut milk and a palm sugar syrup. This is the breakfast preferred by my tiny cousins, which makes sense because they spend a considerable time in Indonesia.. As a breakfast option it is a perfect replacement for oatmeal but you could eat this any time of day.         

  • Black rice 
  • Coconut milk
  • Palm sugar
  • Water

Black rice is a proper wholegrain so it takes quite a bit of time to get tender. I use at least 3 parts water to one part rice. Do rinse the rice before cooking. If you plan to eat is at breakfast it is easiest to cook the rice the night before. Taste the rice after it has absorbed all the water, it might need some more time (and water). It is virtually impossible to overcook.

Dissolve the palm sugar in some water and bring to a boil. Reduce it until it.has a syrup like consistency.


Pour cold coconut milk on the hot black rice and drizzle with syrup. I think my uncle reduces the coconut milk but straight from the carton/tin works just fine.

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